We have a forum - actually an email discussion list with a narrow focus on English Ceilidh. Please remember this narrow focus and do not post stuff that is not directly related to English Ceilidh. Do not assume that we must also be interested in folk song, Bulgarian dance, morris dancing, contras, etc. See below for Better Places to post non-English Ceilidh stuff
You may want to post something not directly related to English Ceilidh but you're sure it will interest us all. If it's about sex, you might be right but it's still "off topic" - so don't do it :-)
Better Places to post non-English Ceilidh stuff
Q. What can I post to the list? What's "on topic"?
Chat about english ceilidh. The music, callers, dancers, floors, footwear, clothes, dances, steps, spots and events.
Morris, Song, Story Telling or Appalachian is NOT on topic unless it's debating the merits of interrupting a ceilidh for them.
News: "I've just discovered that Nether Wallop PTA have booked The Old Swan Band" for next week!". Great! We'll turn up and liven it up!
Q. Can I advertise?
A. No but you can Announce Examples:
Band A will being playing for a ceilidh at B on December 1st, Excellent
Band A will being playing for a ceilidh at B on December 1st (This is part of Festival C), Acceptable
Festival C blah blah blah ceilidh blah blah. No, go for the example above
Morris side D is looking for more members. No, nothing to do with ceilidhs.
Morris side D is having a ceilidh to round of their day of dance. Fine.
Melodeon for sale. No
Caller retiring has dance notes and radio mike for sale. Yes
Virus Alert - forward to everyone you know! No - it's a hoax anyway. Note that the list has extensive precautions against virus propagation If you suspect a virus is propagating via the list, you are probably wrong and posting a warning is going to make you look stupid.
An advert persuades and contains adjectives like "best", An announcement informs. However, don't go overboard and "inform" us how Folk Roots described the band. Leave respected dancing members of the list post comments about their experience. It's more useful.
Don't forget to mention the date of events you announce
Q. Ok, I want to "inform" about a ceilidh. How often is it acceptable to repeat myself?
A. Once. We suggest announcing 2 months and 2 weeks before the event.
Q. Can't I advertise just a little bit?
A. Ok. Your signature (I.E., the bottom of your messages) can be up to 5 lines of anything. Like this:
John Doe - Ceilidh-on-Thames
It used to be just an email list. Messages were delivered to members email boxes and if you wrote a message to a special email address, your message was distributed automatically to all the members. That facility is still available but you can also see the messages on a web page and post messages there too.
Making an Entrance: How Do I Join?
Send blank e-mail to email@example.com or click here
How do I hear what's going on?
Just read your e-mail as normal. You may find it convenient to filter mail to and from firstname.lastname@example.org into its own folder if your e-mail program and brain can cope. You can also read the forum online
How do I respond to something I just read?
Hit "reply" in your e-mail program, type away and then Send. Check the To box on your screen. It should say email@example.com which means everyone will see what you say. Change it to the e-mail address of an individual if that's more appropriate.
How do I say something?
Start a new message to firstname.lastname@example.org in your e-mail program, type away and then Send.
Final Polka: How Do I Leave?
Send blank e-mail to email@example.com
Can I see what happened on the list months ago?
Yes, it's all here
The most common problem is where you have two or more email addresses. If you have joined ECeilidh with one email address and try to interact with ECeilidh via a different address, you will get error messages. That's because the technology can't tell the difference between one person with two addresses and two different people with one address each.
GMail users are often logged into a GMail account without realising it and this conflicts with their ordinary email account. What to do:
On any Google page go to
the top right and click the icon. In this example it's an "S" but
yours maybe a different letter.
Then choose "Sign Out" and try www.netservs.com/ec/tf.html again
Click "Sign in to view this group"
You get a page "One account. All of Google."
If you have a Google account already for the email address ECeilidh knows about, sign in and all should be well.
Otherwise click "Create an account"
Under "Choose your username" click "I prefer to use my current email address" and enter it
Fill out the rest of the form
Receive an confirming email from Google
Go to www.netservs.com/ec/tf.html (again)
Click "Sign in to view this group" (again)
Sign in with your email address and password